The Palm Springs Genealogical Society finds these resources helpful.
This has to be number one because there is so much available. From the 1,711 record collections (as of today,which include indexed and browsed collections for many states and countries around the world). The FamilySearch Books collection, the FamilySearch Library Catalog (which provides information on available books and microform at the FamilySearch Library), plus the FamilySearch Family Tree (online interconnected tree), and the Research WiKi (not records per se).
Ancestry is the world’s leading resource for online family history and genealogy.
National Archives and Records Administration
- Family History Centers
There are probably 25 within a 2-hour drive, 10 within a 1-hour drive.
- Cyndi’s List
A comprehensive, categorized and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. Cindy’s list has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 18 years. Cindy’s list is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching on line.
- Family History Guide
The Family History Guide is a website that represents a best-in-class learning environment for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your goals, step by step. Whether you’re brand new to family history or a seasoned researcher—or somewhere in between—The Family History Guide can be your difference maker.
- Find a Grave
This Cemetery site has over 111 million memorials for deceased persons all over the world, but mainly in the USA. Volunteers have added many gravestone photographs, and often add inscriptions, birth and death information, notes and obituaries.
Rootsweb has a few online databases (California, Kentucky, Maine and Texas death records; United Kingdom Civil Registration births, marriages and deaths; some users provide databases and reports, etc.), plus the WorldConnect family trees (over 700 million names, in separate trees). There are also very useful mailing lists and message boards that can be searched or queries of other researchers.
- Chronicling America
There are almost 7 million searchable digitized newspaper pages from 39 states between 1836 in 1922.
- United States GenWeb Project
There are web pages for every state, and every county in every state. Each page was created and is maintained by volunteers. Many text databases have been added over time for vital, cemetery, and other record types, and sometimes transcribes books are available. The searchable databases are on the USGWArchives (http://www. usgwarchives.net/).
- Google Books
Google books has millions of digitized books in several formats that can be searched for information about names and/or locations.
- The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive has millions of digitized books in several formats that can be searched for names and locations. The U.S. Census images are also available but are not searchable – you have to browse them in the microfilm area. There are other microfilm collections may have browsable records.
- Heritage Quest Online
Researchers have to use these databases through a subscribing library. The site has U.S. Census records with names indexes for many years. There are over 28,000 digitized books, Revolutionary Way Pension Files (selected pages), Freedman’s bank, U.S.Serial Sets, and the PERSI periodical index.
Mocavo offers a free search for all of their records. There are over 100,000 databases, but most of them are relatively small at this time. The user can view a record for free, but it is difficult to work with because you can do only one search at a time.
- Free Family History Webinars
- Southern California Genealogical Society 2017 Jamboree Extension Series of Webinars
One of the largest online sources of original genealogical information. If you are researching UK genealogy, your Scottish ancestry or building your Scottish family tree, we have more than 100 million records to look through.
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